2013 Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione
The leader of the so-called ‘natural’ wine movement in Montalcino, Francesco Leanza has been at the cutting edge of Brunello production for a decade now creating wines loaded with both character and staying power. ‘Character’ in the sense that they drink so amazingly well when young with Sangiovese’s floral and fruit notes cut in vivid relief. Seldom have I tasted Brunello so light on its feet and refined. So pretty! So delicious! Yet there is so much depth here too. His are wines you love to create descriptors for! Over the years, Salicutti’s Brunellos have become one of the appellations biggest collector’s wines.
Antonio Galloni for Vinous Media on the Brunello, 95+ Points:
Vivid red. Bright floral and extremely clean aromas and flavors of black cherry, strawberry, sandalwood and minerals are lifted by a very strong note of violet. This very fruity and floral Brunello is a remarkably easy-to-drink, downright pretty wine that has sneaky concentration and a captivatingly complex, suave, multilayered finish. Both violet and black cherry notes echo on your palate long after you swallow. Another knockout Brunello from owner Francesco Leanza, who has transformed Salicutti into one of the world’s benchmark Sangiovese estates.